The Brief: After Redditors called attention to Nestlé's misdeeds, meme-makers dragged the Swiss corporation in a series of memes and called for a boycott of all Nestlé manufactured goods.
While the reasons for which this specific boycott was called at this time are unknown, this is not the first time that the public has boycotted Nestlé. They’ve even been labeled as the “One of the Most Hated Companies in the World.”
From “aggressive marketing” of baby formula to growing cocoa illegally in national parks, it seems that consumers have had a multitude of reasons to boycott Nestlé over the years. In fact, the earliest boycotts against the company date back to the late 1970’s.
Nestlé Privatizing Water
While some memes reference Nestlé’s earlier transgressions, the bulk of them drag the company’s former CEO for his comments about privatizing water.
In a clip from the 2005 documentary, We Feed the World, then-CEO of Nestlé, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe suggested that declaring water as a human right is “extreme” and that water is a “foodstuff best valued and distributed by the free market.” Nearly fifteen years later, Reddit is revisiting Brabeck-Letmathe’s statements and once again, calling for an international boycott.
Despite the fact that Brabeck-Letmathe is no longer the acting CEO, Reddit’s about to end this man’s whole career.
This Stranger Things 3 meme:
Nestlé vs. Area 51
Several memes focus less on the water issue itself and more on the average Redditor’s attention span. Nestlé memes seem to be pulling focus from Storming Area 51 memes.
Then again, there are several memes combining the two events – Storming Area 51 and a potential Nestlé boycott/protest.
This Left Exit 12/Wrong Turn meme:
Other “Bad Nestlé” Memes
Though less popular on the Reddit boards, there have been quite a few memes alluding to some of Nestlé’s past offenses including, but not limited to, deforestation and child labour.
Look out, Nestlé, because Keanu Reeves is coming.